Illustrations

  • Commitment

    The United States Coast Guard has an official motto and an unofficial motto
  • Commitment

    Joe Foss was a bonafide hero. After a good, long life of 87 years, he passed away on January 1st 2003.
  • Taking No Chances

    Some people in Japan find value in many religions and do not adhere strictly to one. So people will wear a cross as jewelry, have a Shinto wedding and a Buddhist funeral. It appears that they are taking no chances: that they are "covering their bets" so to speak.
  • Value of Suffering

    Joni Eareckson Tada, the quadriplegic who has ministered to so many of us, notes, "When life is rosy, we may slide by without knowing about Jesus, with imitating him and quoting him and speaking of him. But only in suffering will we know Jesus.
  • Storms, Crisis

    An old sea captain was quizzing a young naval student. "What steps would you take if a sudden storm came up on the starboard?"
  • Stealing, Children

    "Peter!" his mother scolded, "There were two cookies in the pantry this morning but now there's only one! Do you have an explanation?" Peter replied, "It must have been too dark and I didn't see the other one."
  • Weakness, Trial

    Morris F. Udall, former Secretary of the Interior, lost an eye in an accident when he was six years old. Children would tease him cruelly about the eye. In self-defense he started poking fun at himself. He learned early on to compensate for that lost eye by working harder than other kids.
  • Waste, Prodigal

    Brady Whitehead, chaplain of Lambuth College in Tennessee, tells the true story of a student whose parents were tragically killed in an accident. This student suddenly became the beneficiary of the estate. According to Brady, he started squandering the money on lavish trips.
  • Values

    People in other nations who print signs in English often make interesting, and sometimes humorous mistakes. A sign in a Paris hotel read, "Please leave your values at the front desk." Many a traveler far from home and its restraints has done exactly that.
  • Small, Tiny, Disease

    In 1996, Manila, capital city of the Philippines, suffered an outbreak of cholera due to a proliferation of flies and cockroaches.
  • Urgency, Speed

    A New York boy was being led through the swamps of Louisiana by his cousin. The city boy asked, "Is it true that an alligator won't attack you if you carry a flashlight?"
  • Self Control, Parents

    At one point during a game, the coach said to one of his young players, "Do you understand what cooperation is and what a teamwork is all about?" The little boy nodded.
  • Unity, Worship

    In the book, The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer gives this interesting illustration: "Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other?
  • Self

    Last December Cynthia Crossen, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal interviewed a number of Christmas shoppers. One said that she bought two scarves, one to give away and one to keep.
  • Treasure

    Barbara Walters called her one of the 10 Most Fascinating People of 1995. She's been on David Letterman's show and invited to appear with Oprah Winfrey.
  • Seed

    Russet potatoes are one of America's favorite varieties. They were developed by Luther Burbank in 1872. He noticed a potato plant with an unusual bud. He watched the bud until it dropped. When he opened it he found 23 seeds. He selected two that seemed better than the rest and from these two seeds have come all Russet potatoes.
  • Sacrifice

    In September, 1997 newspapers in Wellington, New Zealand carried the tragic story of a young girl who saw a puppy that had been struck by a car. She ran to aid the injured animal and was herself struck by a car and killed. How sad that a person should lose her life in trying to save a dumb animal.
  • Transformation, Conversion

    Oscar Cervantes is a dramatic example of the Spirit's power to transform lives. As a child, Oscar began to get into trouble. Then as he got older, he was jailed 17 times for brutal crimes. Prison psychiatrists said he was beyond help. But they were wrong! During a brief interval of freedom,
  • Sacrifice

    "He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much." (James Allen)
  • Rules

    The Toyota television commercial is interesting. It shows someone in a sport utility vehicle heading for the beach or the slopes, driving through the city on a Tuesday. An onlooker is amazed. It is Tuesday. He must go to work. Then the last line appears on the screen, "Make Your Own Rules."